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Southampton NY - Travel Paradise and Job Mecca

Updated on February 6, 2013

The Hall at Shinnecock Hills

1893, painted by William Merritt Chase.
1893, painted by William Merritt Chase.

Work and Leisure

Southampton's beaches are often in the travel news and pursued by vacationers that want to spend quality time on America's Best Beaches. In Spring 2010, Cooper's Beach in Southampton was named the very best beach in America, but the city was also found to be a top notch city for jobs and careers.

The number of job listings for Southampton climbed by an atronomical 454% increase from 2008 to April 1, 2010 and continued to increase. The area enjoys a low unemployment rate as well, incdicating that jobs remain open and available more often than in many other regions of the US. Upscale Retail, Jewelry, and Women's Clothing are leading Industry sectors of Southampton and additional major businesses include Catering, Dining and Food Services, and Healthcare.

Amenities at Cooper's Beach: Concession stand, chair rentals $10.00, umbrella rentals $15.00, restrooms, fresh water showers.

Southampton Village

Southampton is the oldest English settlement in America. It was founded in 1640 by a small number of Puritans whose goal it had been to reach Lynn, Massachusetts. They landed instead at Conscience Point and named their village after the Earl of Southampton in UK. The Shinnecock Nation helped them through their first winter in many ways. By the end of the American Revolution and the advent of the railroad, wealthy people in New York began to flock to Southampton for recreation. New Yorkers still speak of going to The Hamptons for leisurely weekends.

Village Attractions

  • Agawam Park - Large fresh water lake
  • Elias Pelletreau Silversmith Shop
  • Monument Square - Dedicated 1897
  • Parrish Art Museum
  • Southampton Historical Museum
  • Thomas Halsey Homestead - 1648

Cooper's Beach

Southampton Village is home to Cooper's Beach, a beach that has risen in the ranks of the Top 10 Beaches in America to the Number One Spot. The beach is extraordinarily maintained for cleanliness and is a white sand wonder that visitors describe as "baby powder." A second New York beach that made it into the Top 10 at Number Five is Main Beach in East Hampton, Long Island. The State of New York boasts two of the Top 10 Best Beaches, while most vacationers head down the East Coast to the Carolinas and Florida. New York beaches have not been as well publicized or well known, but are superb. Cooper's Beach is particularly scenic, extends for 500 feet along the Atlantic shore, with a view of many historic mansions.

Cooper's Beach is completely clean and stays that way. In addition, there is no alcohol permitted on the beach and there are no camping facilities or bonfires permitted. Maintenance staff ensure that litter is not allowed to accumulate. Hampton area residents enjoy their beach own parking permits, but autos parked without a permit are fined $250. However, non-residents may purchase a daily permit for $40. The beach is described as family-friendly.

Because Cooper's Beach was elected as best beach overall in the USA in 2010, local tourism is expected to jump by 20% and remain higher in years to come, especially since the publicity of the Number One Spot will point out the beach to millions across the nation that have never heard of it before. The enjoyment of a baby-powder beach in a peaceful setting with extraordinary amenities is a temptation many cannot resist. The increase in tourism will being additional economic health and job growth to the area.

Cooper's Beach Contact Information

  • Address: 268 Meadow Lane Southampton, NY 11968
  • Phone: 631-283-0247

Cedar Island Lighthouse

Long Island lighthouses
Long Island lighthouses

Native American Nations and Harmony of People

Interestingly, Coopers' Beach is across the water from the Shinnecock Reservation in New York. the Shinnecock were very kind and good neighbors to the incoming Puritans that arrived in 1640. Today, they are the longest-lived self governing Native Nations (along with the Iroquois Confederacy) in the land. They know themselves as the People of the Shoreand believe that their nation was born in New York and did not cross the frozen Bering Strait 12,000 years ago. In 1792, the government of Southampton helped them to form their self government and furnished the town hall as a place for the tribal nation leaders to meet monthly, which they use to this day. The tribe added their own Shinnecock Tribal Council.

Shinnecock have always been fishermen and whalers and have made gorgeous beads from the empty shells at their disposal. They have wasted nothing.

Shinnecock has been a state-recognized tribe for about 200 years, but they are unfortunately not federally recognized, even though they are one of the first Native American Nations living in the area thousands of years ago. From their reservation across from Southampton in 1978, the tribal nation applied for Federal Recognition. It was not until a quarter of a century later in 2003 that these people were put onto a waiting list known as "Ready for Active."

Visitors to the reservation of 600 residents (700 living elsewhere) will note the Shinnecock Presbyterian Church, a health clinic, a shellfish hatchery, a community center, a historic and cultural preservation center, a museum, and other installations. They participate in their own sustainability projects, reseeding the local formerly-polluted waters with oysters enough to use them in Thanksgiving celebrations in 2006. An annual Pow Wow is also heldĀ and the tribe supports a Shinnecock Nation Rodeo Team that travels to competitions.

454% Increase in Job Listings

Data provided by SimplyHired, a job search engine.
Data provided by SimplyHired, a job search engine.

Top 10 Hot Jobs

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Dental Assistants
  3. Office Managers
  4. School Bus Drivers
  5. Retail Salespeople
  6. Physical Therapy Assistants
  7. Occupational Therapists
  8. Packaging QA Analysts
  9. Tellers
  10. Restaurant Managers
  11. Assistant Store Managers
  12. Customer Service Supervisors
  13. Logistics/Stockroom/Unload Associates
  14. Assistant Managers
  15. Hospitalists - Physicians
  16. Loss Prevention Jobs
  17. Communications Associates

Top Hiring Companies

  1. Roche - Global leader in research-focused healthcare; includes the latest Genomic and Cellomic Research.
  2. Kmart; Blockbuster (tie)
  4. Jones Apparel Group - High end women's clothing
  5. Jos. A. Bank - High end men's clothing
  6. Liz Claiborne - Clothing, cosmetics
  7. Critical Connection - Health
  8. West Marine
  9. Gentiva - Health
  10. Medical Connections
  11. Masonicare
  13. Taco Bell; Friendly's Restaurants (tie)
  14. Capital One
  15. Chico's
  16. PETCO - Pet businesses are big in Southampton.
  17. Unilever
  18. Nike

Largest Local Employers

  1. Roche
  2. Stony Brook University
  3. Brookhaven National Laboratory
  4. Suffolk County Government
  5. Southampton Hospital

Southampton Station

Montauk Branch of the local rail line. Photos on this page are in the public domain.
Montauk Branch of the local rail line. Photos on this page are in the public domain.


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      Thank you, Patty, for such a detailed and informative hub. I thoroughly enjoyed all the pictures which gave my an idea of the beauty.

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      Thank you, Patty, for such an interesting and detailed trip to Southampton. The pictures are beautiful and gave me an ideas what it looks like. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.


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